By: Paolo M. Bustamante
There are many ways to tell how the district Binondo is very much alive. The buildings that surround the district are still preserved, Binondo's cuisine never failed the pallet of those who tasted, but the very admirable trait that this district have is that it is very careful to never let anyone know what it was thinking. Like other cultural places in Manila, Binondo has something to hide and it is up to me to find out what it was hiding.
Liike most places in Manila, Binondo has something else to offer, from the Chinese labeled canned goods to Chinese fire crackers but one thing is for sure Binondo really knows how to use its old buildings. Instead of dimolishing it, they just refurnished it and make it new again. The Rex Theater is a fine example of how Binondo preserve its culture. The Rex Theater is an artdeco structure built during the 1930's located in Salazar St. Binondo Manila. There were actually two stand-alone theaters in Binondo, the other one was the King's. This structure survived WWII but as time pass, it was converted to a restaurant, the Presidents Tea House. The owner kept the fascade of the theater but changed the intireor.
It is a story as old as time can tell, Chinese New Year is just around the corner that's why I went to the district of Binondo to see how the Filipino-Chinese community celebrate New Year and I was also in a search for old buildings and quite surprisingly there are a lot. Binondo is still alive, from the food to the old neo-classical buildings, I was surpised when I saw a Cinese vendor playing with her Ipad. She is deninately keeping up with the kardashians.